Traditional Louisiana gumbo is one big, hot, delicious mess of tantalising flavours. Ingredients can vary – it’s usually made up of chicken, smoked sausage and prawns, and anything else that takes your fancy – but it’s always based on the Cajun vegetable holy trinity: celery, peppers and onion. This is soul food at its best – amen to that.
Where to find it
Colonel Tom’s Gumbo; various
Chef Tom got involved with the street food revolution in a bid to introduce the London food scene to the deeply satisfying flavours of the American South. @coloneltoms
The Bayou Soul; 20 Inverness St, NW1 7HJ
An all day Creole-style bar and kitchen in Camden, with an unmissable blues brunch at the weekend. @BayouCamden